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JABSOM welcomes 77 new future physicians at annual White Coat Ceremony

Date: August 2nd, 2022 in JABSOM News, Student Life, UH Manoa    Print or PDF

The University of Hawaiʻi John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) honored 77 of its newest aspiring physicians on Friday, July 22. The JABSOM Class of 2026 capped off a week of activities with the annual White Coat Ceremony at the Kaimuki High School auditorium in person, with limited guests allowed inside the venue.

The ceremony marks the beginning of a medical student’s journey to becoming a physician. With the assistance of a physician mentor or a physician from their families, the Class of 2026 donned brand new white coats, which symbolizes the students’ commitment to medicine.

This is the first time that JABSOM held a White Coat Ceremony twice in the same year; the students of the JABSOM Class of 2024, now in their third year of medical school, had the emulated their White Coat Ceremony in person this past June. However, this particular event is the first full in-person White Coat Ceremony specifically for new students since 2019.

Two Hawaii-bred students from the new class, Jasmine Padamada and Jonathan Carino, are eager for the journey ahead of them.

Padamada, who hails from Hawaiʻi Island, looks forward to applying the basic foundations of science that she learned from her undergraduate years at the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoā as well as the JABSOM ʻImi Hoʻōla Post-Baccalaureate Program, which is a rigorous year-long curriculum for students from underserved communities.

“I feel like it’s a big honor,” said Padamada, who plans to give back to her community in Keaʻau
upon completion of medical school. “I think I’m privileged thinking of where I come from. I’m really honored and really excited. Here in the state, there is a physician shortage, especially on the other islands, the more rural areas . . . so just growing up and then being able to experience that, it really inspired me to come back. Being able to be here right now, to be able to have the opportunity to give back, give these rural areas more resources, be a resource for them. I think that’s a dream come true.”

Carino, a Pearl City native, was inspired by the doctor that took care of his father, who underwent a heart attack and survived. The care that his father received inspired him to take a leap into medicine and to give back to his community as well.

“It’s a crazy feeling,” Carino said. “[The white coat] is a symbol of the long path, the long journey and to be able to practice and become a doctor in my home state and take care of my community that help raised me. It’s a privilege and I love it.”

The newest MD class consists of 85% of students from Hawaiʻi [6 from Hawaiʻi Island, 2 from Kauai and 2 from Maui]. Students outside of Hawaii include those from Guam, Korea, and the mainland US [California, Maine, Colorado and Maryland]. In addition, five graduates of the first all-female cohort of ʻImi Hoʻōla matriculated into JABSOM, which reflects the majority of women in their current class.

MD 2026 White Coat Ceremony

Photos by Vina Cristobal, Janell Agcaoili and JABSOM 2025 class historian Scott Nishioka..

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The Class of 2026. Janell Agcaoili photo.

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